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Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster: Shadow Sponsor Board

House of Commons Commission written statement – made on 17th July 2018.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union)

WRITTEN STATEMENT TABLED BY RT HON TOM BRAKE MP & RT HON LORD McFALL OF ALCLUITH

Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster: Shadow Sponsor Board

Both Houses have decided that the next phase of the Restoration & Renewal Programme should be overseen by a Sponsor Board and Delivery Authority. While it is anticipated that these bodies will be placed on a substantive footing by primary legislation in due course, the Commissions of both Houses have agreed to establish the Sponsor Board in shadow form, with the following members:

The shadow Sponsor Board will act as the single client accountable to Parliament and own the budget, business case and scope of the Programme.

The recruitment of the Chair and the other external members was overseen by an independent recruitment panel, chaired by Rt Hon Dame Janet Paraskeva DBE, a former First Civil Service Commissioner. Other recruitment panel members possessed major projects and heritage experience. The panel’s role was to make a recommendation to the Commissions regarding the most appropriate candidates for the roles following a full and open competition. The panel unanimously recommended the appointment of the Chair and the other external members. The appointment of the external members is subject to satisfactory references and security clearance.

The parliamentarians on the Board were nominated by the political parties and groups in both Houses.